Odds and Ends 008
Rock After 55: Wise Maybe, Weary Definitely
Lee Scratch Perry: Rise Again (MOD Technologies)
Surrounded by such coequals as Tunde Adebimpe, Sly Dunbar, and Hamid Drake, he‑-uh-oh‑-behaves himself ("Orthodox," "House of God") ***
Wanda Jackson: The Party Ain't Over (Nonesuch/Third Man)
Jack White hits the geriatric Christian hottie with songs and horns that remind us what a weirdo she must be ("Thunder on the Mountain," "Shakin' All Over") **
John Hiatt: Dirty Jeans and Mudslide Hymns (New West)
Decades past his last outright keeper and 60 this year, he continues to roll out listenable collections like he'll never stop ("Don't Wanna Leave You Now," "Damn This Town," "Detroit Town") **
Bonnie Raitt: Slipstream (Redwing)
Bartholin's glands don't fail me now ("Used to Rule the World," "Million Miles") **
Dr. John: Locked Down (Nonesuch)
"For my next trick I will shuck my jive and generalize indignantly over a declarative rock beat" ("Big Shot," "Locked Down") **
Rick Berlin: Paper Airplane (Hi-N-Dry)
"And Sean looked grim and said, `Suicide'" ("Sean Penn on Charlie Rose," "If I Wasn't Such a Bum") **
Steve Earle: I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive (New West)
There'll never be too many songs about death or George W. Bush ("Little Emperor," "Waitin' on the Sky") *
Marshall Chapman: Big Lonesome (Tall Girl)
Breakup album about a musician who up and died on her ("Big Lonesome," "I Love Everybody") *
Greg- One of my favorite Band/Helm songs is "Acadian Driftwood" from Northern Lights. I agree with you that his version of "The Mountain" is great.
Jeff mentioned Levon's great work in The Right Stuff, one of my all-time faves, but he was also great in Coal Miner's Daughter.
Tonight is my Todd Snider show, can't wait. I hope he includes "Brenda" in tonight's setlist.
Happy Birthday to B & C, hope you are enjoying the R & R.
well deserved vacay.
I'm gonna check out Dirt Farmer--haven't listened to that yet. Have you listened to any of the extra stuff on the reissue of Moondog Matinee? I think "Didn't it Rain" is particularly good. Likewise the studio version of "Get Up Jake" on the expanded Band. I like also how he sings "One More Shot" on that very strange Legend of Jesse James record, though the voiceover stuff mars it somewhat.
Plus I'd make a pitch for trying to include a bit from his great narration at the end of The Right Stuff: "for a brief moment, Gordo Cooper became the greatest pilot anyone had ever seen"
A Levon Helm Best Of playlist.
I caught the version of "Atlantic City" that Jeff mentioned. Plus will also pump a couple from Dirt Farmer that Bob didn't rate -- "Wide River To Cross" and Steve Earle's "The Mountain" sounding as traditional and weathered as Earle planned it to be when he wrote it.
If anyone has any other suggestions please post. The more obscure the better.
Thanks in advance.
Who is on last.fm? Links to profiles anyone?
Look for the Expert Witness group on there, led by raquel9e (a.k.a. Bris Piggy) - goo.gl/UFwLi
1) Starz - Cherry Baby is your favorite song? 2) I'd love to hear your opinion on the paleo diet.
Feliz cumpleaños, Bob. Can't even begin to tell you how much twenty years of reading your work has enriched my life. And you brought me to all these great people! Thanks for everything, a shameless fanboy named Michael.
(All right, Gram Parsons and I are gonna go do the dishes.)
File under Aon Aon [Apropos of nothing, x2]. So the Stephin Merritt aficionados among us probably have most of the myriad SM ephemera not included on Obscurities already – the majority of his oeuvre is largely locatable in ‘net forests or on the iTunes. But I’ve specially procured, sequenced and artwork’ed this moonlit sister to the extant odds ‘n’ ends-er for your enjoyment notwithstanding:
1. The Man of a Million Faces – written/recorded in two days for NPR’s Project Song
2. The Meaning of Lice – from the compilation Plague Songs
3. I’m in a Lonely Way – written/recorded for a Volvo commercial
4. When Will You Love Me Again? – exclusive iTunes bonus track from Realism
5. Mr. Punch – a Future Bible Heroes track from a tribute to fanboy Neil Gaiman
6. The Dead Only Quickly – from the Gothic Archies’ first EP, a 1996 Hello CD of the month
7. If I Were a Rich Man – from the Fiddler on the Roof tribute Knitting on the Roof
8. Don’t You Want Me? – by Future Bible Heroes, from the Human League tribute Reproductions
9. Human – also from Reproductions, by the 6ths (sung by Lloyd Cole)
10. Beauty – from the Chris Knox (himself an ex-6th) tribute Stroke
11. Not One of Us – cover b-side of Peter Gabriel’s “The Book of Love” single
12. The Nun’s Litany (Live on Fair Game) – gorgeous acoustic version of the Distortion highlight
13. When Next in Love I Fall – b-side of “Andrew in Drag”
14. O! What a Dream it Was – Future Bible Heroes track from Welcome to the Dollhouse
However it coheres (and it certainly invites a conceptual narrative or two if you’re so inclined), it can’t be that far below volume one’s A-. Enjoyez-vous: goo.gl/A03Da
I might only be one of many wonderful passengers on board in which his intelligence and musical direction has rendered almost any of my personal, individualistic opinions meaningless. However, we can certainly agree you, as the conductor, have taken us to some exotic, galvanizing places.
I hope I'm not laying the sentiment on too thick.
To the man who is to blame for all those extra record shelves and CD racks I've had to build over the years - a (nearly belated and) most wonderful birthday.
Is this a practical matter (i.e., easier to get people to take statins) or is he perhaps overemphasizing the health benefits of diet and exercise?
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Starting in 1967, Robert Christgau has covered popular music for The Village Voice, Esquire, Blender, Playboy, Rolling Stone, and many other publications. He teaches in New York University's Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music, maintains a comprehensive website at robertchristgau.com, and has published five books based on his journalism. He has written for MSN Music since 2006.